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COBS is a club that encourages participation in running at all levels.




We have 4 sessions. All are free to attend. You can join at any time.

  • Sunday sessions are suitable for all, including absolute beginners, experienced runners and all in between
  • Tuesday open sessions, running for about 30 minutes. Suitable for everyone
  • Thursdays, running for about 45 minutes. Suitable for people who can complete a 5k within 35 minutes
  • Saturday sessions are open to people who can do a 5k within 35 minutes and are looking to build up stamina for longer rnns

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 Prepare with us for


Birmingham 10k (Birmingham 10k is on 31st May

anything from 5k to marathon.







Session further info


Sunday sessions for All Runners

Aston University 11am



Tuesday sessions

Tuesday 7pm (for a 7.15pm start), Aston University

Usually finish by 8pm


Thursday evening

6.45pm for a 7pm start, Livery Street


Saturday long run sessions

10.15 for a 10.30 start


Run group leaders for 2020 are Nav and Lisa

Run group leaders are supported by session support leaders. Session support leaders lead some sessions and some groups from time to time.



For more info including start time, paces, distance covered and location 

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More about City of Birmingham Striders (COBS)





We are a UKA affiliated club, emerging from Yoga Haven run club which was established in 2012. 


There is no cost per session

 You do not have to be a member to join sessions


Standard membership costs £30 and covers any part of the April to April year. The sooner you take up membership the more time you get as a member. However membership can be started at any time from April n one year to March in the next.For more details please see the club membership page.




Our run sessions are open to any age from 12 years old upwards. 12 - 16 year olds must have written approval from an adult who is responsible for their care.




There are local, county, and regional level races that we promote within the club and support within our training programme. To represent the club in races, and to enter relays and cross country you need to be a member and wear the club vest. See the Race Details page for more information.